Gaza Marks Fatah's 48th Anniversary.
PNN Friday 4th January, thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza
City to mark the 48th anniversary of the Fatah movement. This was the
first Fatah rally held in the Strip since Hamas took control in 2007,
essentially splitting the Palestinian Authority in two. Over the past
years, Hamas and Fatah attempts to reach reconciliation have failed,
however, recently the two ruling Palestinian factions have been trying
to mend fences following the PA's successful status upgrade in the
United Nations and Hamastriumphover Israel in the latest Israeli
escalation on Gaza. It's worth mentioning that the PA had
previously allowed Hamas rally to be held in the West Bank's
differentgovernorates. Friday's Fatah rally in Gaza is apparently
meant to be a reciprocal gesture and a way to acheive reconciliation.
Palestinian media sources reported that crowds began gathering in Saraya
square in Gaza City on Thursday night, whereFatah's supporters were
waiving flags and chanting the party's slogans.
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